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Pope Francis to meet The Global Foundation

The Vatican has confirmed that His Holiness, Pope Francis, will meet with the Global Foundation during the course of its forthcoming Rome Roundtable, which will take place on 13 & 14 January, 2017.

Fifty (50) invited participants and a number of observers from many walks of life, from the business and investment community, faiths, institutions, academia and civil society, will gather in Rome for the two-day meeting. Again, it will be convened by the Foundation, and continue the inaugural Roundtable discussions launched last January.

The 2017 Roundtable meeting will focus on the measurement of global progress, in particular, to identify and report on actions against commitments made by various organisations over recent times on global economic, social and environmental matters, such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

It will also account for actions taken by Roundtable participants themselves against specific commitments they made at last year’s Roundtable: to eradicate forced labour from global supply chains; to strengthen global community partnerships for mutual benefit between business and faiths; and to improve economic empowerment outcomes for women, worldwide.

The participation of His Holiness, Pope Francis, among the most influential figures on earth, along with leaders from other faiths, will surely elevate the significance of the meeting and the imperatives for global action over talk.

Participants in the Rome Roundtable will include: Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney; Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland; Pacific Islands Forum CEO, Dame Meg Taylor; Anglo-American CEO, Mr Mark Cutifani; Consumer Goods Forum CEO, Mr Peter Freedman; Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Vice President, Sir Danny Alexander; along with Global Foundation Chairman, Mr Jock Murray and Secretary General (and Roundtable Convenor) Mr Steve Howard, together with Key Partners, ACU Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven and Catholic Super CEO, Mr Frank Pegan.

Further information about the Global Foundation’s 2017 Rome Roundtable may be found here.